This is a post regarding an event that happened many moons ago, but hey, it’s worth noting for the pictures and the recipe. Back in April, M and I decided to kick the Spring / Summer outdoor season off right with a low country boil. What is a low country boil? Rather than link you to wikipedia, I’ll point you to an email from Adam Montjoy:
What’s a Low Country Boil?
It’s a mixture of sausage, potatoes, corn and shrimp, seasoned with a
prepared spice mix such as Old Bay seasoning, and boiled until
everything is tender and the shrimp have turned pink. Once it’s
done… it’s poured onto a newspaper lined table and dinner is served.
Thank you, Adam. For this to be successful, you need a 30 quart outdoor cooker, a drain basket, a tank of propane, and lots of beer. Here is my recipe. I prepared this for 30 people.
- 3-4 small red potatoes per person, leave skin on.
- 1 ear of corn for every 2 people, shucked and cut into thirds.
- 1 pound of smoked sausage for every 3 people (I used andouille), cut into chunks.
- 1 pound of fresh shrimp, shell on, for every 3 people. Use frozen if you aren’t within 40 minutes of a fish market.
- A boil spice mix. Here is my recipe for 30: 1 cup of Old Bay seasoning, 5 tablespoons salt, 5 tablespoon black pepper, 5 tablespoon garlic powder, and 5 table spoons cayenne pepper.
You want to start by filling the 30 qt pot with potatoes, and then fill it half way with water. Stir in the spice bag, cover the pot, and put it on the propane burner. When the water starts to boil, remove the lid and allow the potatoes to boil for 10 minutes. After that, add in the corn and the sausage. Stir until it starts boiling again and boil for 3 minutes. Lastly, add the shrimp to the pot and toss around for 2 to 3 minutes. There should be enough heat even though the water won’t be boiling to turn them nice and pink right before your eyes. Drain into a strainer bucket and dump on a newspaper covered table. Serve immediately. Drink beer. Cheap, ice cold beer.
This went over very well with the 30 people in attendance. We went through all of the boil, cornbread, brownies, rice krispie treats, and 125 cans of beer. Certainly, a party to remember. I encourage readers of this blog to throw a boil of their own.